The Nightmare in the Oval Office

78F64D66-DC9F-48E5-83B5-53AD54B0A158Donald Trump surprised both the State Department and the Defense Department when he decided today — apparently unilaterally — to rapidly withdraw all U.S. troops in Syria. He essentially discarded the entire Syria and Iran strategy in a single, inexplicable stroke, giving up any and all U.S. influence in the region, and disregarding the advice of his top national security officials. Analysts worry that his decision will have devastating and dangerous consequences for the United States, the region, and the Syrian people.

Trump tweeted “We have defeated ISIS in Syria, my only reason for being there during the Trump Presidency.” Naturally, Vladimir Putin was delighted, and praised Trump’s move. Without America’s presence in Syria, the country — and the region — will be vulnerable to greater influence from Russia.

WTF? When will his Republican lackeys in Congress denounce this traitor to our country? Trump has defied his key military and national security advisors through a seemingly secretive process that seems to benefit Putin and Russia while being detrimental to the country he is supposed to be leading.

This man is America’s worst nightmare.

Written for these one-word prompts: Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (denounce), Word of the Day Challenge (secretive), and The Haunted Wordsmith’s Daily Word Prompt (nightmare).

denounce secretive nightmare

Active Measures

66F69AD5-AD0B-4784-B117-2AC3D0D2250BI watched the movie “Active Measures” last night. I streamed it on Hulu. If watching that movie doesn’t set off alarm bells, nothing will. Even the most ardent Trump supporters will have to take pause if they see it. It exposes all of Vladimir Putin’s transgressions with respect to interference in the workings of democracies, and not just in the United States, but all across the globe.

Putin, according to the movie, has been engaged in his labor to make the world a more volatile place by undermining democracies and stoking division, dissension, and chaos in order regain for Russia the superpower status it had before the fall of the Soviet Union.

I know that conservatives, Republicans, and Trump’s lemmings, should they even bother to see the movie, will call it pure propaganda and fake news. But it doesn’t take the wisdom of the sage to see the truth behind it. And it’s scary how effective — and successful — Russia’s active measures have been. Very, very scary.

I loathe what’s happening to my country. I loathe what Vladimir Putin’s is doing to undermine our democracy, I loathe the Republicans in Congress who have allowed Trump to get away with this. And most of all, I loathe Donald Trump for being a traitor to his country.

Written for today’s one-word prompts: Word of the Day Challenge, Ragtag Daily Prompt, Your Daily Word Prompt, Fandango’s One-Word Challenge, Daily Addictions, and Scotts Daily Prompt.

In Other Words — The Blue Wave


46C78B12-BBAB-45D0-A617-3D88E564EF9AIn the two years since Trump was elected, a lot of damage has been done.

The President, his Cabinet, and the Republicans in Congress (and Vladimir Putin) have been fiddling while our nation is burning.

Like me, many voters are fed up and angry, and in less than three months Americans will go to the polls.

We will be sending an important message.

A big blue wave is coming.

2E64CDA9-9659-4EFF-AA52-38290AED6E9FThis post is written for the “In Other Words” prompt from Patricia’s Place. Today’s word is “wave,” and the rules are to write a story or poem of five lines or less using the word “wave.”

This is the first time I’ve participated in Patricia’s In Other Words challenge, but when I saw what the word was, I couldn’t stop myself.

SoCS — The Hotline

580CDE8A-D0AC-4DB0-B746-097FA079D780Hello? This is President Donald J. Trump speaking.

Oh, Vladimir, my friend, I’m so glad you called. Yes, everything is proceeding nicely according to plan.

Thank you, Vlad. I agree that I’ve done well with respect to the G7, NATO, the EU, and the trade wars. I see that those alliances are starting to crack. It shouldn’t take too much longer.

Yes, you were great at Helsinki. I think the world can see clearly what a great leader you really are, believe me.

Oh no, don’t worry about the Mueller probe. I’ve got half of America believing this whole collusion thing is a hoax. And all of the negative stuff on the news, well, my supporters are buying this whole “fake news” crap and that the mainstream media is their real enemy. My supporters are behind me bigly, Vlad. One hundred percent.

What’s that? Oh, right. Yes, Eric, Don Jr., and I are retweeting all of those Russia-backed tweets, just like you wanted us to do. It’s definitely working to sew the seeds of division and discontent. Between that and what your hacker teams are doing to interfere with the midterm elections and to smear the Democratic candidates, I don’t think we need to worry about any big blue wave in November.

And Vlad, You made a good call to not release that pee-pee tape of me you made at the Moscow Ritz-Carlton. Hey, you really got me good with that one, comrade. Ha ha!

No, I’m not concerned about Manafort or Cohen. I’ve got Giuliani all over Fox News spreading the word that they are liars and thugs. Yes, I know. People really are falling for it. They are even believing me when I tell them that you don’t want Trump because no one’s been tougher on Russia than Trump. They’re even buying that bullshit about how Russia is trying to help the Democrats.

Yes, you’re right, Vlad, Americans are suckers.

Okay, fine. That sounds good. It was great talking with you. Call me next week with further orders and I’ll give you an update on our progress on making Russia — I mean America — great again.

Written for Linda G. Hill’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt. The instructions are to use the word “call” or any word that contains those letters in that order.